Delmon International Hotel (Manama, Bahrain)

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Delmon International Hotel (Manama, Bahrain)

3 Case Rating


Location

Hotel is located in the centre of the city about 15 minutes from airport. Within walking distance is the Bab Al Bahrain Souk, which offers all kinds of shops, banks, massage places Arab, Indian and Thai restaurants including fast food places like KFC. Plus a little further is the Bahrain Financial Harbour Building and the impressive Bahrain World Trade Centre which has the boutique mall. Also next to hotel is the highway to KSA.
Overall good location that was quiet but was there during ramadan.

Room

Room was very spacious & seemed like a kind of mini suite due to large sofa and seat. Likely because I complained being given a stinky smoking room originally which I requested non smoking to in my booking.
The bed was king size and quite comfortable that offered two bed side tables and lamps with telephone plus alarm clock. UK plugs are within easy reach. Facing the bed is a luggage rack and large Samsung flat screen TV (the only evidence we are in 2015 in the room) channels offered include a good variety of Arab, American movies and CNN & BBC programs. The room has a desk or rather a dressing table with mirrors all around ideal for ladies working with make-up, rather than a business desk to work from.
A cabinet next to the sofa seating and coffee table, offered a tea making facility and has a fan on top. There is a large minibar with lots of miniatures alcohol bottles and some soft drinks but no snacks. There is some mirror wardrobes where there is a safe from the 1980’s that requires a key only, it is quite small- a mini iPad would fit but not a small laptop. The room also offers a long balcony but with no seats and floor is covered in dust, there is really no point to go out unless you wish to see the outside street to check the shops are open.
The bathroom is slightly raised and so would not be suitable for disabled since a high step is at entrance. There was a shower bath combo, with sink, bidet and toilet that although clean, fixtures very much looked dated. Shower head for instance had only part of it working. Some hotel branded amenities such as shower gel, shampoo, dental and shaver sets are offered and towels but no complimentary drinking water – You are advised not to use Bahrain tap water on international travel advice websites so poor of the hotel not to offer one bottle of water for free.
Overall the room was quite comfortable, had some authentic decor with some nice ‘Antique looking” furniture pieces but felt extremely dated. It was spacious though and comfortable except the bathroom could do with a new shower head.

Facilities

The hotel offers free WIFI unlimited and worked ok. You need a different password for each area of the hotel, staff fail to explain this at a check-in and so constantly you have to ask reception when say you are at the pool, restaurant or in room.
There is one coffee shop, catering facility that was open during Ramadam. It was a buffet for all meals, food was ok- nothing special tried both Indian and western but the restaurant was quite interesting decor with TV maybe from 1970 was in there, was great to see. There was also a smokey other room that had some pool tables and a stage- not sure if this was a club bar but was really being used as a smoking room when I was there. Outside of Ramadam there are 4 clubs I believe, one called Diggers is for westerners apparently Pilipino female singers are there, One is Arabic, One Is Pakistan themed and another is possibly a restaurant -again all were closed during Ramadam. Though main buffet is open during day as is room service. There is also a lounge area by reception that has some sofas and plays BBC news.
There is a pool, with about 4 beds- pretty much filthy area that has had no care for years. Pool itself was ok and swimmable. There is a also a gym- again back to 1980’s in terms of equipment, a sauna and steam room also exists plus Jacuzzi but did not use. There is apparently massage facilities but got the impression it was a bit ‘word of mouth’ girl can come to your room etc..which explains after check-in seeing the concierge with Philipino girls knocking on doors, that did not look like they were in massage outfits.

Staff

Staff are a mixed bag. Made booking about 30 hours before I arrived and called hotel to arrange airport pick up, which was all confirmed on phone but arriving at airport no-one was there- with driver saying he had been given no information. Then upon arrival, they just gave me a room taking passport but did not have any of the hotel.com booking confirmation or aware of it- which was concerning but night shift staff clearly do not communicate with day shift staff so they never told. Next day they were aware. Restaurant manager seemed a bit unwelcoming and staff in gym/pool area did not know whether I was a hotel guest or not. They did not wear any hotel uniform to identify themselves either.
The concierge seems to not really know much when asked about Fort just said Taxi round corner. However the driver who picked me up Soloman was nice and chatty, the Philipino girl at reception was also ok but lacked any details with check-in such as mentioning breakfast or WIFI.

Overall I slept well due to no clubs open downstairs. I got a good deal at this hotel £100 for 2 nights which was reduced rate since it was ramadan but comparing what you get for same rate in UAE or Qatar- it was a poor standard of hotel, however all other hotels seemed quite expensive so perhaps Bahrain prices are higher than the average in area. However if I came back I would look for alternative as it seemed tired, dirty in some areas with some incompetent staff. It seemed more a male only hotel for partying Arabs to visit at the weekend with a mild seedy feel from what I saw in hotel corridors.



Manama, Bahrain


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Average Rating

The Verdict Is…

Old dated 1990s looking hotel but great loction for famous Souk. Rooms just need some renovation to bring it 20 years forward.

  • Location
    65%
  • Room
    55%
  • Facilities
    60%
  • Staff
    50%
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